Monthly Archives: October 2015

Denelda “Jo” Michaels

Denelda “Jo” Michaels, 67, a resident of Ingleside, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015, in Evanston, IL. She was born November 24, 1947 in Hammond, IN to Aven and Nellie Rudesill. Jo was an assistant manager of show operations at Great America for 20 years, a manager of Deerfield Bakery for 5 years, and a professional massage therapist. She was also a member of the Eastern Star in Libertyville and loved to play the piano. Jo is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ron, her son Troy Michaels, her grandchildren Alex and Alyssa Michaels, and her many cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents. A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium. A private family service will be held on Monday at Grant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Sylvia J. Shenkman

Sylvia Jane Shenkman (nee: Canele), 66, born February, 20, 1949 succumbed to her death on October 25, 2015, with her loving husband, Gary, by her side. Sylvia was born and raised in Chicago, IL and was an administrative assistant and production manager for Cahners Publishing Company. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Gary Shenkman, her father Bruno Vecellio, her step-children Aaron (Julie) Head, Audrey, Amber, her step-grandchildren Jayden and Alex, her sisters Lorie Fennessy and April (Aldo) Buffone, her niece Jen, her nephews Jason and Joe, her great-nieces Ava and Giada, her great-nephew Ian, and her loving friends Audrey and Sonny, Vivienne and Tony, Marty and Debbie, Joanie, Dee, and Judy, and her numerous colleagues and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Vecellio (nee; Boros), her grandmothers Rose Boros and Elizabeth Canele, her uncle Julius Boros, her aunts Rena Boros and Angeline Michelazzo, and her cousins Brad Boros, Sharon Michelazzo, and Samantha. All funeral arrangements were privately held and entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Federation, Inc. National Office PO Box 1298 Banning, CA 92220.

Lucille Ellen Wrate (nee: Burge)

Lucille Wrate, 91, of Beach Park passed away on October 12, 2015 at Rolling Hills Manor, Zion. She was born February 12, 1924 in Grayslake, IL. She attended Immanuel Church for most of her adult life where she was a Sunday School teacher for some 20 years and helped in the nursery. Lucille loved to camp with her husband Bill. They were members of the Lake County Rambling Rigs and the Badger Camping Club of Wisconsin. After retiring they spent winters in Florida with their friends. Lucille was also an avid Nascar fan and member of the Matt Kensenth Fan Club. Matt dedicated a brick in her name at his museum in Cambridge Wisconsin in 2013. Lucille is most remembered though for her dedication as a caring mother and grandmother. For seven months she spent every day at her daughter Carolyn’s bedside before her passing. She was truly the best mom one could have. She leaves sons, William R. (Barbara) Wrate of Lake Villa and Jeffrey (Deborah) Wrate of Twin Lakes, WI; grandchildren Rick (Sharon) Culver, Bryan (Lisa) Culver, Jennifer (James) Sherrill, Joshua Wrate, Joanna (Don) Pearson, Christopher (Tauren) Wrate, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Emma Burge, sister Arlene Tucker, brother Leonard Burge, daughter Carolyn Culver, and her husband of 57 years, William D. Wrate in 1999. A memorial service and life celebration will be held at 10:30am Friday, November 6, 2015 at Immanuel Church 2300 N. Dilleys Rd. Gurnee, IL 60031.

William L. Schmidt

William L. Schmidt, age 60, a resident of Loves Park, IL, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford on Monday, October 19, 2015 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was born on October 6, 1955. He attended both Woodland and Warren schools and lived most of his life in Wildwood. Bill was an accomplished weight lifter as well as a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. He worked in the manufacturing industry in early years and later became a Mail Carrier with the United States Postal Service. Bill was a happy person and well loved by friends and family. He is survived by his sister Paula (Greg) Clauser and brother Paul Schmidt, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William N. and June (Otis) Schmidt. A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford, IL or to the Cancer Federation.

David A. Scheck

David A. Scheck, 50, a resident of Spring Grove, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015. He was born March 22, 1965 in Berwyn, IL to Allan and Terri Scheck. David was a top CNC Salesman for 520 Machinery in Schaumburg. He enjoyed snow skiing, wake boarding, boating, and bass fishing with his dad. He enjoyed politics, sports, and had an adventurous spirit. Most of all he loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. David is survived by his wife Renee, his mother Terri Sadlowski, his children Nicole (Dominic) Cecola, Brittany Scheck, and Brianna (Aharon) Fay, his grandchildren Vittore and Giada Cecola, Isaac Bowden, Ariana, Kingston, and Kennedy Fay, and a future grandson, his sister Susie Marcotte, his uncle Dennis (Maggie) Scheck, his mother-in-law Sharon (Will) Kennedy Tottingham, his father-in-law David (Susan) Huggler, and many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Allan Scheck, his uncle Gerry Scheck, and his father-in-law Gordon Kennedy. Friends of the family may visit on Friday October 23, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E Belvidere Rd. Grayslake IL 60030. A funeral service will be held on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 1:00pm at the funeral chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the family for a memorial foundation to be named later. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122.

Nicholas D. Altmann

Nicholas “Nick” D. Altmann, 23, a resident of McHenry, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2015 in Chicago. He was born October 1, 1992 in Waukegan to Daniel Altmann and Traci Gray. Nick was a graduate of McHenry West Campus. He was a member of Alliance Bible Church in McHenry and worked for AFC in Lake of the Hills. He enjoyed church, work, and spending time with his family. Nick is survived by his parents Traci (David Berrard) Gray and Daniel (Yumi) Altmann, his siblings Emily (Deonte) Gray, Riki Altmann, Madison Berrard, and Henry Berrard, his grandparents Kathleen Stegen and Paul Altmann, Patricia Altmann, and Linda and Bruce Guy, his great-grandma Mary Ellen Timmerman, his cousins Kevin, Mike, Halie, Mallory, and Kaylee, his nephew Aiden, his best friend Christopher Hawkinson, and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandpa Richard Gray and his aunt Lisa Gray. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a funeral service commencing at 7:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will be held privately. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go online at www.strangfuneral.org.

Roger Villiard

Roger Villiard, 80, a resident of Lake Villa, IL passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015 at his home. He was born October 7, 1935 in Exeland, WI. Roger was the business owner of Villiard’s Fruit Market, for 45 years, located at the coroner of Rte. 83 and Rte. 120 in Grayslake. Roger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellen, whom he wed on October 18, 1954, his children Marvin, Esther (John) Zeiger, Kathy (Bob) Dolan, Greg, and Dale (Lisa), his grandchildren, Erin (Nick) Behm, Meaghan, Jack, Nathan, Matt, Scott, and Nick, his great-grandson Josh, his sister Doris Ostic, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jerome, Eugene, Lynn,  Duane, and James, and his sisters Lucille, Alma, Lila, Mary, and Margie. Friends of the family may visit on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. The memorial service will be held Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthews (the historic chapel) 24500 Old McHenry Rd. Hawthorn Woods, IL. Interment will be held privately. Memorials and donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, St. Matthews Church, or the charity of your choice. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go online at www.strangfuneral.org.

Edward F. Zajac

Edward F. Zajac, 89, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015. A visitation is scheduled for Monday, October 12, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:00am at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles, IL.

Dorothy Mullally

Dorothy Mullally, age 91, of Round Lake Beach, passed away in Libertyville on Monday, October 5, 2015. Friends of the family may visit on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass will be held Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 114 Lincoln Street in Round Lake. Interment will follow at Windridge Cemetery, 7014 South Rawson Bridge Road in Cary. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go online at www.strangfuneral.org.

John Rogala

John Rogala, age 84, of Lindenhurst, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Libertyville. All services were held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or go online at www.strangfuneral.org